1 December 2012

Mass protests as Egyptian government seeks to push through constitution

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2012

The new constitution enshrines the domination of the military over Egyptian society.

November sales slump in US reflects worsening social crisis

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2012

Exuberant reports of record-breaking crowds storming the stores and buoyant sales volumes are belied by the dismal results reported Thursday.

Israel to expand settlements after UN vote on Palestine

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2012

In a provocative response to the UN's recognition of Palestine as a nonmember state, the Netanyahu government is pushing ahead with 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Leveson report whitewashes collusion in UK media’s criminal activity

By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2012

The Leveson inquiry into the criminal practices of the Murdoch media empire has produced a cover-up of epic proportions.

Protests grow against evictions in Spain

By Francisca Vier, 1 December 2012

Three suicides related to evictions within a month have highlighted the brutality of the government and banks in Spain.

France: Gaullist Union for a Popular Movement on verge of split

By Antoine Lerougetel, 1 December 2012

The Gaullist Union for a Popular Movement moved toward a split last week when François Fillon announced the formation of a separate parliamentary group in the National Assembly.

Bipartisan group in US Congress promotes drone killings

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2012

Drone strikes ordered by President Obama have killed more than 2,500 people over the past four years, according to a New York Times report.

Bradley Manning speaks on abuse

By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2012

Accused whistleblower Bradley Manning told the military court of sleep deprivation, isolation, and torment by guards.

US bankruptcy judge approves $1.75 million in bonuses for Hostess executives

By David Walsh, 1 December 2012

The shutting down of Hostess’s operations means the destruction of 18,500 jobs.

Thai anti-government protesters clash with security forces

By John Roberts, 1 December 2012

The rally confirms that none of the bitter divisions within the Thai ruling elite have been resolved.

Police attack Bangladesh garment workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 December 2012

Workers were demanding justice for the victims, compensation for their families and improved safety standards.

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L’austérité sans fin

Par Peter Schwarz, 1 décembre 2012

Le principal message issu lundi de la réunion de ministres des Finances de la zone euro a été que la population grecque est confrontée à des années si non des décennies d’austérité

La proposition de constitution égyptienne entérine des pouvoirs dictatoriaux et un régime militaire

Par Chris Marsden, 1 décembre 2012

L’adoption à la hâte de la nouvelle constitution par l’Assemblée constituante est une initiative agressive des Frères musulmans et du président Mohamed Morsi.

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Nach den Wahlen:
Obama verstärkt Kriegsvorbereitungen im Nahen Osten

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. Dezember 2012

Die Obama-Regierung verschärft ihre Intervention in Syrien als Teil einer weitergehenden Strategie neokolonialer Eroberung.

Ägypten:
Verfassungsentwurf festigt Diktatur und Militärherrschaft

Von Chris Marsden, 1. Dezember 2012

Rücksichtslos peitschen die Moslembrüder und Präsident Mohammed Mursi ihren Entwurf einer neuen Verfassung durch die Verfassungsgebende Versammlung.

Verfassungsschutz: Fünfter Rücktritt wegen NSU-Terror

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 1. Dezember 2012

Mit Claudia Schmidt ist am 14. November in Berlin die fünfte Geheimdienstchefin wegen der Vertuschung von Informationen und von Verbindungen zur rechtsextremen Szene zurückgetreten.

Die Linkspartei rückt weiter nach rechts

Von Christoph Dreier und Peter Schwarz, 1. Dezember 2012

Mit ihren “Bausteinen für ein sozial-ökologisches Konjunkturprogramm” signalisiert die Linkspartei die Bereitschaft, eine rot-grüne Regierung im Bund zu stützen. Zugleich orientiert sie sich stärker auf wohlsituierte Mittelschichten.

Die Insolvenz der Frankfurter Rundschau

Von Marianne Arens und Ulrich Rippert, 1. Dezember 2012

Das Ende der Frankfurter Rundschau kennzeichnet eine politische Zäsur. Die seichte Propaganda der Sozialpartnerschaft ist von der gesellschaftlichen Realität widerlegt worden.

Vor zwanzig Jahren: Deng Xiaopings Reise durch Südchina
Teil 2

Von John Chan, 1. Dezember 2012

Im Verlauf seiner Reise von 1992 machte Deng aus seiner Anpassung an den Kapitalismus kein Geheimnis.

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Perspective

One month since Hurricane Sandy

1 December 2012

The reality of families left to their own devices by a system that is utterly indifferent to the plight of working people emerges more clearly with each passing day.

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Workers Struggles

Los Angeles and Long Beach port clerical workers on strike

By Thomas Gaist, 1 December 2012

Office workers at the southern California ports took strike action this week, shutting down large portions of Los Angeles’ seaports.

Workers protest low wages at New York City fast-food restaurants

By Sandy English, 1 December 2012

Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters protested against low wages and lack of benefits at McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in New York City.

Workers Struggles:
Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 December 2012

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Socialist Equality Party

Report to the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party

By David North, 27 November 2012

We are publishing here the opening report to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Second National Congress, given July 8, 2012 by SEP National Chairman David North.

Commentary

After the elections: Obama escalates war drive in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2012

Austerity without end

By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2012

US fiscal cliff talks target the working class

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2012

The brutal face of global capitalism

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2012

Auto Workers Struggles

“The eight-hour day is a thing of the past”
UAW sanctions “alternative” work schedule at Chrysler

By Jerry White, 30 November 2012

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Mehring Books

KingNow available from Mehring Books: Russian Revolutionary Posters by David King

29 November 2012

Mehring Books is proud to offer for sale a new book, Russian Revolutionary Posters: From Civil War to Socialist Realism, From Bolshevism to the End of Stalinism by David King (Tate Publishing).

Arts Review

filmSilver Linings Playbook: It’s the little things in life …

By Joanne Laurier, 29 November 2012

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the historical drama of the Civil War

By Tom Mackaman, 12 November 2012

Science

The growing impact and dangers of global warming

By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2012

History

Twenty years since Deng Xiaoping’s “Southern tour”—Part 2

By John Chan, 27 November 2012

Bankstown Fire

Australia: Safety experts discuss Bankstown apartment fire

By our reporters, 27 November 2012

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25 years ago: Namphy regime calls off Haiti ballot after election day massacre

Dozens of Haitians were killed and scores more injured in violence on the day of the scheduled national elections, November 29, 1987.

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50 years ago: India, Pakistan tensions over Kashmir

With its war with the People's Republic of China over disputed territory in the Himalayas still at a cease-fire stage, India found itself embroiled in new controversy with Pakistan over disputed areas in Kashmir.

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75 years ago: Japan recognizes Franco regime in Spain

The Japanese cabinet publicly recognized General Franco’s fascist forces as the sole legitimate authority in Spain on December 1, 1937, flouting the Republican government in Madrid and international law.

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100 years ago: Albania declares independence from Ottoman Empire

On November 28, 1912, Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

1 December 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site